• High-Risk Pregnancy/Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • For expectant mothers, the prospect of having a baby is both a joyous and exciting one, and most pregnancies proceed smoothly. But for a number of reasons, some women need to be watched more closely during pregnancy. In this case, a woman's obstetrician may suggest she consult with a maternal fetal medicine specialist.

    A maternal fetal medicine specialist is a physician devoted to the care of a pregnant women with high-risk complications such as medical problems (diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases such as lupus), pregnancy-related problems (preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, preeclampsia), and also devoted to expertise in prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and genetic testing. Women are generally referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist by their obstetrician or by an infertility specialist because he or she sees a potential for a pregnancy-related health concern or because a problem develops during the course of the pregnancy.

    A pregnancy may be considered high-risk for a variety of reasons:

    • The mother has medical conditions that began before pregnancy, such as diabetes
    • The mother develops a medical condition during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia
    • The mother experienced problems in a previous pregnancy, such as miscarriage
    • Problems are detected in the developing baby
    • Complications occur during pregnancy, such as premature labor
    • The mother is pregnant with multiples (twins or more)

    Should you need the services of a maternal fetal medicine specialist, St. Francis Medical Center and the Birth Center are pleased to partner with Southern Colorado Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Stephanie Martin and Dr. Christy Pearce specialize in maternal fetal medicine and have advanced training in medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies. 

  • Stephanie MartinDr. Stephanie Martin is board certified in Ob/Gyn and Maternal Fetal Medicine. After college at the University of Dallas, she graduated from medical school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. From there she moved to California and completed her OB/Gyn residency and MFM fellowship at the University of California Irvine Medicine Center in 2000. Her particular expertise is in obstetric critical care and complex maternal medical conditions, particularly cardiac disease. Dr. Martin has authored multiple book chapters and articles on the topics of critical care obstetrics, maternal cardiac disease, maternal pulmonary disease and cardiac arrest, among other topics. She is a sought after speaker and has travelled internationally to give talks on these and other obstetric issues. Dr. Martin has been featured in several media events as well. These include a feature article in Reader’s Digest Nov/Dec 2010, mentions in O Magazine, and live interviews on Good Morning America and Fox & Friends as well as the reality program TLC’s Maternity Ward.
    Dr. Christy PearceDr. Christy Pearce is board certified in both Ob/Gyn and Maternal Fetal Medicine. She was born and raised in Alabama, and attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School and moved to Chattanooga, TN to complete Ob/Gyn residency at University of Tennessee. She completed her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Kentucky in 2012. Though Dr. Pearce enjoys all aspects of caring for high risk pregnancies, she is particularly interested in preeclampsia and maternal and fetal cardiac physiology. Her translational research has investigated inflammation in pregnancy as it relates the function of blood vessels, the placenta, and the heart. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. They are outside as much as they can be: hiking, skiing, and just playing at the park.
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    Southern Colorado Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    6071 E. Woodmen Rd., Ste. 440
    Colorado Springs, CO 80923

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